Bowie State Hosts Reading of "Slam Theatre 2.0, The Miseducation" at New Fine and Performing Arts Center

April 5, 2012

(BOWIE, Md.)-The music of Grammy winner Lauryn Hill serves as the inspiration for "Slam Theatre 2.0, The Miseducation," a staged reading from the New Galaxy Theatre Group set for Tuesday, April 10 at

8 p.m. at Bowie State University (BSU). The reading will take place at the university's new Fine and Performing Arts Center (FPAC) and is part of BSU Theatre's Reading and Discussion - Meet the Playwrights series.

 "The New Galaxy Theatre does a phenomenal job of exploring love and relationships, as well as the intersection of sex and politics, through the use of comedy," says Bob Bartlett, professor, Bowie State Department of Fine and Performing Arts. "Their material is representative of the unique and thought-provoking work that we would like to bring to Bowie State on a consistent basis."

"Slam Theatre 2.0, The Miseducation," is a fusion of romantic comedy sketches and spoken word inspired by Hill's landmark album, "The Miseducation of Lauyrn Hill."  The show uses song titles from the Hill album as the catalyst for the skits and poems.  Written by playwright Malcolm Pelles, "Slam Theatre 2.0" will also feature verses by spoken word artists Bomani Armah and Goldie Deane.

The reading will take place on the FPAC main stage and is free and open to the public. Following the performance, BSU Theatre will conduct a "talk-back" question and answer session with the creators and the cast.

The New Galaxy Theatre Group produces sophisticated new works exploring themes of contemporary urban politics, culture and human relationships. The playwright, Malcolm Pelles, is a graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. His plays have been produced or read in Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center, Rorschach Theatre, Warehouse Theater and Theater J. In New York, his works have been produced at the HERE Arts Center, Manhattan Theatre Source and the Atlantic Theatre.

The Reading and Discussion-Meet the Playwrights series gives audiences a chance to learn about the creative process first-hand from promising playwrights. Previously, Bowie State hosted readings of "Salvation Road" by D.W. Gregory and "Reals" by Gwydion Suilebhan.

 "Slam Theatre 2.0" is one of several productions that will be performed in the university's $71 million Fine and Performing Arts Center.  The center opened in January 2012 and features 123,000 square-feet of space for students and faculty. The new building houses Bowie State's art, music, music technology, theatre arts, and visual communication and digital media arts programs.

For more information, contact Bob Bartlett at 301-860-3769 orbbartlett@bowiestate.edu.

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